He Marks Out The New Horizon
Job’s world was in complete disarray. Prosperity turned to poverty. Health gave way to boils. Grief replaced the joy his family had provided. His wife questioned his faith. Grief-stricken and penniless he sat mourning.
The sackcloth and ashes conversation between Job and his three friends allows us to see that his worldview had not wavered. Job and his friends clash in their understanding of what is happening in Job’s life. They are convinced that his circumstances are the result of his sin. He maintains his innocence on the basis of God’s control of all things rather than self-righteousness.
Job’s final response to his friends contains a hymn that reflects the foundation of his faith; read Job 26:5-14. The hymn declares God’s absolute control. God sees everything (26:5-6) even “death is naked before God,” nothing is beyond his vision. God is creator of the universe (26:7, 10); “He spreads out the skies” and “marks out the horizon.” God is sovereign over creation (26:8-9, 11-13); the “clouds,” which we can see, and the “sea,” which contains the unknown to us, are in his control. Job did not allow his circumstance to alter his conviction about the sovereignty of God.
When we have used every image, symbol, simile, allegory, and metaphor we can think of to describe God, we have just touched the “outer fringe” of who he is, what he has done, and what he continues to do (26:14). God and his ways are far beyond the limits of our understanding. Job never lost sight of this reality.
Just as God drew the circle that formed the horizon marking a boundary between light and darkness (26:10), God draws the circle that defines the future and creates “The New Horizon” of First Baptist Church. Will we, like Job, trust the present and future of our lives to the sovereign LORD?